Brian Cody celebrates with JJ Delaney after Kilkenny beat Tipperary in the All-Ireland final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It seems Brian Cody is still coming to terms with the loss of JJ Delaney, admitting he’d “never seen a better defender”, and that he’d plenty more to(...)

 Joseph Holden of Ballyhale Shamrocks is shadowed by Gort’s Gerard Quinn in Tullamore. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan / Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-17 Gort 1-15Ballyhale Shamrocks have lined up yet another St Patrick’s Day parade after booking their place in the All-Ireland (...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks manager Andy Moloney is wary of favourites tag against Gort. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpo

It’s not quite A-Connecticut-Yankee-In- King-Arthur’s-Court but at first glance, the notion of two Tipperary men coaching in Kilkenny hurling heartlan(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks players Mark Aylward, TJ Reid and Joey Holden who will likely  take the honour of becoming Kilkenny’s captain for 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks may have wrapped up the perfect season for club and county but there is still one matter to be decided: the Kilkenny hurling capt(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks vs Kilcormac/KillougheyBallyhale Shamrocks’ Henry Shefflin and Peter Healion of Kilcormac/Killoughey. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-21 Kilcormac-Killoughey 1-14 AETThe hot favourites won and the underdogs put in a game challenge but it would be wrong to conclu(...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney was one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. Here he keeps a close hold on Waterford’s Stephen Molumphy. Photography: James Crombie/Inpho

It is a moment that matters now nowhere other than deep in the souls of Galway hurling people, in particular those thousands sitting in the tiers of t(...)

Kilkenny legend JJ Delaney has announced his hurling retirement at the age of just 32

The recent spate of inter-county retirements continues with news of JJ Delaney’s decision to hang up his hurl at the top level. The Kilkenny player, r(...)

Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly has announced his retirement from the inter-county game. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Even for a player like Eoin Kelly the decision to retire at age 32 probably doesn’t come as a major surprise, although it does bring the curtain down (...)

An advertisement for 50, Jurgen Klinsmann during the USA’s training session in the Aviva. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing

As Ireland look to redeem themselves or as manager Martin O’Neill puts it; “get back to winning ways” against the USA in tonight’s international frien(...)

Ballyhale’s Henry Shefflin with Shane Prendergast of Clara as the teams battled for the Kilkenny title. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Ballyhale 1-20 Clara 1-13 Ballyhale Shamrocks showed the calibre of champions as a composed first-half performance helped them march to a 15th Kilkenn(...)